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Union vote in Washington to decide future of Boeing’s 777X airplane assembly

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An issue that has divided Boeing machinists in the state of Washington is up for a crucial vote Friday.  The vote, which could determine whether assembly of the company's new 777X airplane stays or leaves the state, has split the union. The local union says the deal with Boeing is too big a giveaway and didn't want to have the vote. The local was overruled by national union officials.

Boeing has offered to keep the 777X in the region but is seeking two major items in the new contract: An extension of tax breaks all the way to 2040 and a new contract with the Machinists union that would transition workers away from traditional pensions.

In November, state lawmakers swiftly approved the tax benefits, valued at some $9 billion, but the Machinists rejected a proposed contract shortly afterward. After the initial contract rejection, Boeing immediately began soliciting bids from other states. The company said it received submissions for 54 locations in 22 states.  Alabama is one of the state's that has submitted a proposal.

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